We are living in a stressful time, and it seems like everything has changed because of COVID-19. We at BeWell Health & Wellness believe the best way to stay healthy and happy is to stay informed. Here are some answers to key questions you or your family might have about COVID-19.
This information comes from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and you can read more by clicking this link.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is short for Coronavirus Disease-2019. Someone can become sick with COVID-19 if they are infected by the new coronavirus. The word “Coronavirus” is a broad term for a lot of different viruses, but the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 appears to spread very easily and quickly.
How does COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 is a respiratory infection, which means it infects a person’s lungs, nose, and mouth. If someone has COVID-19 and coughs or sneezes, they can spread droplets from their lungs, nose, and mouth. Those droplets can contain the virus and infect someone else by landing in their nose or mouth and entering their lungs.
How can I keep myself safe from COVID-19?
There are lots of things you can do to keep yourself safe!
- Wash your hands often, including any time you leave or return to your home, cough, or sneeze. Make sure you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds–that’s how long it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
- Avoid being near people other than those who live in your house with you. This is called social distancing, and it is important because some people can spread the virus without knowing they are sick. Stay at least six feet away from other people to stop the spread of the virus!
- If you have to leave your house, wear a covering over your nose and mouth. This can be a bandana or napkin made of cloth. This is not a replacement for social distancing, so make sure you still keep your distance from people around you.
What do I do if I start feeling sick?
Most people who get COVID-19 do not need to go to the hospital. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a cough, a fever over 100℉, and body aches or tiredness. People who have difficulty breathing, have chest pains, start to feel confused, or have bluish lips or face should seek medical care by calling 911. If you are unsure whether you or someone you know should seek medical care, read more information from the CDC by clicking this link and choosing the option “Self Check.”
You can also call your doctor’s office if you have any specific questions. You can call 311 if you do not have a doctor. We will get through this together!